Very lowest earners ‘should be allowed more than one job’ govt says

Workers who fall below the Lower Earning Limit may be given the right to a second job.

4 Dec 2020| News

The government today launched a consultation into removing exclusivity clauses in employment contracts that prevent workers taking on more than one job, but only for the very lowest earners.

The new proposals would be applied only to workers whose guaranteed income is below the Lower Earnings Limit of £120 per week – around £6,240 per annum. Up to 1.8 million people currently fall into this category, the government admitted.

Exclusivity clauses in zero-hour contracts have been prohibited since May 2015. The new plans would extend this ban to low-paying contracts that offer a minimal number of guaranteed hours above zero.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said the proposals would free-up low-income workers for businesses that need part-time and “flexible” workers.